4.22.2015

DC Cherry Blossom Festival


The best place to spend Spring in America is easily, Washington DC. Their world famous Cherry Blossom Festival takes center stage as the entire district is covered in blooms. I wasn't able to attend the festival, but I was able to go and enjoy the blossoms.

The day was perfect- the blossoms had just reached peak bloom, the sun was shining, it was the first day to reach eighty degrees, the breeze was making it snow flower petals, and there was plenty of shade under those magnificent cherry blossoms. I walked around the Tidal Basin, admiring the view of the Jefferson Memorial, said hello to the army of LDS Missionaries that were out, and really just soaked it all in.

most of these pictures are not of cherry blossoms, ironically. but I will share more, soon.

Have you ever been to the Cherry Blossom Festival? What is Spring like where you live?

4.20.2015

Alexandria Outfit


About a month ago, I was able to explore Old Town Alexandria with one of my best friends in the world. You can read about and see pictures of that day, HERE.

Exploring is something I live for, and what you wear can really make or break your mood. So for this day, I opted for a simple look. My new favorite black tshirt, black jeans, and minimal accessories.

tshirt- zara
jacket- c/o lulu's
jeans- calvin klein
shoes- stylish treasures
necklace- c/o the land of salt
watch- c/o daniel wellington
bag- c/o lulu's (similar)

What would you wear to explore a historic city?

4.16.2015

Polished // Imbibe Skincare + Discount Code


Have you ever spent the day on a beach, lounging and playing in the sand? Did you notice that afterwards, your skin felt extra soft? Most people realize that sand is a wonderful exfoliant, but few ever think to add it to their regime. Imbibe Skincare's Body Polish uses the natural exfoliating benefit of sand with the power of the desert and nutrients of minerals. This red sand body polish makes me feel like I'm living in southern Utah, again. Even the smell sends me back to those hot days spent hiking around all of the red sand and rock.

When topped with their Holy Body Cream II, this becomes an at home, full body pamper session. No need to visit the spa, everything you need for soft, beautiful skin is in these two jars. I would know, because I work at a spa... And if I could, I would get rid of (almost) all the products we carry and replace them with Imbibe.

One thing I'm very particular about in my skin care is scent. I do not like artificial fragrances and when it's too potent it gives me a headache. I'm constantly blowing out the candles that my co-workers light (I wonder if that annoys them)... But Imbibe Skincare smells incredible. It's so soft and subtle, but wonderfully aromatic. You can smell the conscious ingredients that are in every bottle- rose, grapefruit, ginger, honey; scents that are natural, earthy, fresh; scents that I can't get enough of.

If you've been in the market for a new, conscious, and beautiful skin care line, then look no further. Imbibe Skincare is my new favorite line, and believe me, I've tried a lot of skin care products... BONUS: Imbibe is giving my readers 15% off with the code "gentrilee". So now, you too can enjoy the benefits of the desert, no matter where you live.

4.14.2015

SNICKERS® Crepe Cake // Recipe

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #WhenImHungry #CollectiveBias

I'm one of those people who suffer from "hangry" moods... If I'm hungry, I need to eat immediately. Otherwise, I become uncharacteristically moody, impatient, and well, hangry. Sometimes the result is funny and my sassy side comes out. But usually, it's just a negative experience for all involved. The other day I was feeling particularly hangry and decided what I needed was no ordinary snack... No, what I needed was a Crepe Cake. To be more specific- a SNICKERS® Crepe Cake!

I'll just cut to the chase and give you the recipe before you go crazy with anticipation...

Crepes
4 eggs
2 cups flour
1 tsp salt
2 tsp sugar
2 tsp brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla (or more. I like a lot of vanilla)
1 1/2 cup milk
1 cup water
6 tbsp butter- melted

In a blender, combine all the ingredients. Then place the batter in the fridge for an hour. This allows the bubbles to disperse and the batter to thicken.

On medium low heat, melt butter on a frying pan and then poor a little less than 1/4 cup batter onto the pan. Twirl pan around to make an even and thin layer of the batter- this forms your crepe. After about 20 seconds, carefully flip the crepe over. The crepe is done just before it starts to brown. The batter will make about 30 crepes, you can use as many as you want for the cake.

Cake
15-30 crepes
SNICKERS® Almond Bar- chopped (I purchased mine at Family Dollar)
1 1/2 cup cream cheese- softened (almost melted)
hot fudge
caramel sauce
whipped cream

Start with one crepe and cover the top of it with a thin spread of cream cheese then a thin layer of hot fudge. Layer another crepe on top of the first and coat with a thin layer of cream cheese and drizzle caramel sauce in a criss-cross pattern. Layer with another crepe and repeat, alternating between hot fudge and caramel until you have stacked it as high as you want. Place it in the fridge for an hour so the filling can set. Then, drizzle the top layer with caramel, spread hot fudge around the center, then top with whipped cream and the SNICKERS® Almond bar.


This was such a fun, unique, and delicious dessert! If you love crepes and SNICKERS® , then you'll love this cake! The filling even came dripping out the sides, which made the presentation even more appetizing. This recipe is perfect for a fancy or casual event, it's definitely a show stopper. I love how it looks when it's cut into, there are so many layers!

Did I get you craving a SNICKERS® bar? Then be sure to enter the SNICKERS® "Who are you when you're hungry?" contest by uploading a personal photo or video from your Computer, Facebook, Instagram, or use the SNICKERS® Meme Generator to create something new! Voting begins at Noon on 5/11/15 and ends at 11:59:59AM ET on 7/15/15.

So tell me... Who are you when you're hungry?

See more great SNICKERS® recipes and fun stories on the SNICKERS® social hub.

4.13.2015

Seeing Wicked // Baltimore


When my sister and I heard that Wicked was coming to town, we immediately bought tickets for her, my nieces, and I. It was playing at the Hippodrome in Baltimore, Maryland, so it gave me an excuse to visit Baltimore for the first time. We all put on some nice clothes (see what I wore HERE), had a nice dinner beforehand, then enjoyed the show.

The last (and only other) time I saw Wicked, was when I was a senior in high school. Seeing it again was giving me major flashbacks; It felt like I had traveled back to being a carefree, seventeen year old. The cast did a wonderful job and had my nieces completely enthralled. Since then, I've had nothing but Wicked songs playing in my head, and I'm not mad about it.
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